The Star of Gallantry (SG)

The Star of Gallantry was established on 15 January 1991 to accord recognition to members of the Defence Force and certain other persons who perform acts of gallantry in action.

The Star of Gallantry shall be awarded only for acts of great heroism or conspicuous gallantry in action in circumstances of great peril. In the order of precedence it ranks after the Victoria Cross of Australia but before the Medal of Gallantry. Subsequent awards to the same person will be made in the form of a Bar.

It may be awarded posthumously. No awards have yet been gazetted.

The Star of Gallantry is a silver-gilt Federation Star ensigned with a Crown of Saint Edward in silver-gilt. Each axis measures 37 millimetres.

The obverse bears a super imposed central device of a smaller Federation Star with each axis measuring 22 millimetres. The inner Star is surrounded and partly overlapped by stylised flames representing action under fire.

The reverse bears a central horizontal panel 25 millimetres across and 9 millimetres high superimposed on a stepped background. The Star of Gallantry is suspended from a ribbon 32 millimetres wide and has chevrons of deep orange 3.25 millimetres wide alternating with chevrons of light orange 1:75 millimetres wide angled at 60 degrees.

Last Updated 22 February, 2009